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RULE §271.3Jurisprudence Examination Administration

(a) Examination for a license to practice optometry in this state shall be conducted in the English language in writing and by such other means as the board shall determine adequate to ascertain the qualifications of the applicant. Each applicant shall be given due notice of the date and place of examination. The board shall administer the jurisprudence examination at least on a quarterly schedule.

(b) Prior to an examination, the executive director or a member of the board designated by the chair shall prepare a tentative schedule showing the time allotted to each examination.

(c) The examination shall be a written jurisprudence examination. The passing grade on the jurisprudence written test shall be 70. In addition, passing scores from the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) Examination will be required for licensure under §271.6 of this title (relating to National Board Examinations).

(d) Applicants shall not communicate any words or signs, in person, in writing, or electronically, with another applicant while the applicant's examination is in progress. Applicants shall not collaborate in any manner with any other person, including another applicant, a licensee, or a staff member of the board, on examination matters while the applicant's examination is in progress. Violations of this rule shall subject the offender to disciplinary action.

(e) Examination materials are the property of the board and shall not be returned to the applicant. An unsuccessful candidate may request an analysis of such person's performance, which request must be made in writing within 30 days after final grading.

(f) The board will provide reasonable examination accommodations to an examinee diagnosed as having dyslexia for all examinations administered by the board. Applications requesting reasonable examination accommodations shall be submitted to the board at least 30 days before the start date of the examination. Applications for accommodations shall include a diagnosis of dyslexia by a health professional licensed to diagnose the condition, documentation establishing that accommodations are necessary, and the specific accommodation requested.

Source Note: The provisions of this §271.3 adopted to be effective August 11, 1983, 8 TexReg 2933; amended to be effective November 25, 1986, 11 TexReg 4624; amended to be effective January 1, 1992, 16 TexReg 7488; amended to be effective September 10, 1993, 18 TexReg 5744; amended to be effective August 2, 1998, 23 TexReg 7561; amended to be effective March 29, 2010, 35 TexReg 2556; amended to be effective December 12, 2011, 36 TexReg 8383

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